50 years ago — Braven Dyer, Los Angeles Times sports columnist, will come to El Centro for three days of the Southwestern Amateur Golf Tournament at the Barbara Worth Country Club near Holtville. Dyer accepted an invitation sent by Mayor George Bucklin of El Centro.
40 years ago — The Rev. William Edward Kerr of Brawley has received the Silver Beaver Award for "outstanding service to youth" by the Valley Desert Trails Council of the Boy Scouts. The All Saints Episcopal minister has been active in promotion of scouting.
30 years ago — A bleak picture of the 1971 cotton economy in Imperial County came to light with the announcement of estimated acreage of 27,316, down more than 8,600 acres from the previous season. A key factor in the cotton outlook for the Valley is the Nov. 1 plowup ordered by the state director of agriculture as a means of controlling pink bollworm.